Following one and two step directions is a developmental milestone.
If you look at the Arkansas early learning standards it tells us between 19 and 48 months children can remember and follow two-step directions . Example: put the crayons away and then put them in the basket. Wash your hands and then dry them. They should continually need decreasing support from adults.
Between 37 months and 60 months ( which are where all of our children are) they should be able to remember and follow multi step directions. Example : push in your chair, throw away your trash, and then join us for circle time.
Today I became very aware of this standard in action. We were finished early for lunch and the floor was a mess so I asked the girls to stand up and go stack the chairs in the corner where Leavie usually sleeps. They went right to work. Most of our girls are older.
( Picture was blurry. Imagine all the chairs stacked nicely )
When I asked the boys who are primarily three years old to stand up go and to the other table and stack the chairs where Elijah usually sleeps. This is what happened
Poor boys just could not figure it out. Finally I asked Savannah would she please go assist the boys that they were having a hard time. She did and situation was rectified pretty quickly.
Also if you take a look at number concepts and operations under mathematical thinking at 37 to 60 months children should show increased understanding by adding to or taking away objects from a group to increase or decrease the number of objects in the set. They also start using their fingers or manipulatives as tools and show increasing ability to solve simple addition problems by joining objects together. Today one of our little said look 2 Plus ￼2 equals four. ￼￼￼￼Yes it does.
If you need more math documentation here’s Paislee’s art. “It’s a circle. One larger. One circle smaller and then the littlest one in the middle. ”
Not one math lesson has been taught in my walls. ￼